Look, I would suggest you go from here directly to the library. Get a copy of the Bill of Rights and you’ll realize that everybody has a right to say what they want to say.
—New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, responding to a journalist asking why he supports the construction of an Islamic center several blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan, “The Mayor, the Mosque, and Public Response,” New York Times: City Room Blog, August 18, 2010.
Rupert Grint chooses A Clockwork Orange
A Yahoo! News story informed its readers October 1 that “Rupert Grint (right) has risked upsetting parents of young Harry Potter fans—he’s urging them to read Anthony Burgess’s controversial novel A Clockwork Orange.” Grint did so by joining his costars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson to pose for a trio of Celebrity READ posters. ALA Marketing staff reports that the latest READ posters have created more buzz than any ALA poster in recent memory....
AL: Inside Scoop, Oct. 1; Yahoo! News, Oct. 1; ALA Graphics, Sept. 30
A Mad Men reading list
Books are no exception to the meticulous recreation of the 1960s advertising world in the AMC network series Mad Men—and one librarian has been paying attention. Billy Parrott, manager of the New York Public Library's Battery Park City branch, has compiled a “Mad Men Reading List” that includes such books as the paperback Betty Draper pored over in the bathtub while trying to soak away suspicions about Don’s cheating and the Japanese cultural-history tome that everyone in the agency is forced to read. But does Don Draper go to the library? “I like to think he does,” Parrott said....
New York Daily News, Oct. 3
Top 10 most valuable children’s picture books
Travis Jonker writes: “I spent a good portion of my formative years reading price guides. I was fond of prematurely and obsessively counting my riches, checking price guides for the current going rate of my most valuable assets. These memories of my collecting past came flooding back to me when I stumbled upon a list of the most valuable picture books of all time. Let’s build the suspense a bit and count them down.”...
100 Scope Notes, Oct. 5; Children’s Picturebook Collecting